Event venue owners’ association berths in Lagos
THE Association of Venue Owners Lagos Nigeria (AVOLN) has berthed to standardise activities in the hospitality industry.
The umbrella body for venue and event centre owners, according to the president, Wemi Jones, was conceived in September 2016 after a meeting in Lekki to boost service delivery as well as accountability and advo- cacy in that strategic sub-sector of the nation’s economy.
During the media launch in Lagos, Jones noted that members’ businesses were being adversely affected by the economic situation in the land manifest in the dwindling disposable incomes of their prospective clients.
He regretted that despite the unfavorable develop- ment that had forced them to crash prices, they were still being made to pay high charges by regulatory bodies whom he accused, had effected 100 per cent upward review of their takings.
The AVOLN boss claimed that operators pay as much as 15 different taxes and levies to federal, state and local council authorities.
He said: “Some of our regulatory agencies have done a 100 per cent increase on some of our obligations to them.”
Jones, however, sought meetings with the concerned regulators with a view to thrashing out the issue. He noted that multiple taxation was negatively impacting on their operations.